Gutters and storage device on our Arizona room

Gutters and storage device on our Arizona room

Well I’ve been wanting to harvest rainwater for a long time and now I’ve finally done it!

At our Tucson home, we have a rather poorly built addition called an Arizona room. See, in Arizona it is too hot to sit out on a porch, so most porches eventually get closed in and air conditioned, thereby becoming “Arizona rooms”. Often these conversions are done by homeowners without the dubious benefit of building inspectors.

When I say ours is poorly built, what I mean is that the floor is basically at grade. The concrete patio outside the room doesn’t slope away from the building, and rainwater tends to pool outside the door, seep underneath the threshold, and create problems with rot. Then the ants come in looking for the cat food, and I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point we discover the walls are riddled with termite tunnels. It sure seems like whoever built this particular Arizona room needed some help understanding a few concepts like “water flows down hill” and “standing water against a wood-frame structure is a Really Bad Idea”. (more…)

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